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Hog Happnin’ Returns To Cleveland County Fairgrounds
Hog Happnin’ Returns To Cleveland County Fairgrounds

Bobby Jenks (left) and Lloyd Williams sign agreement for Hog Happnin’ barbecue event to return to Cleveland County Fairgrounds.
The Hog Happnin’ Board of Directors voted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 for the 23rd Hog Happnin’, a charity barbecue event set for October 31-November 1, 2014, to return to the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. A five year contract was negotiated that both sides are excited about. The fair has always been supportive of Hog Happnin’ and we look forward to a prosperous future together.
The event is returning after a two-year stay at the Shelby City Park. Board President Lloyd Williams says, “We left the fairgrounds only because the health department temporarily suspended public usage in 2012. Charlie Holtzclaw, Shelby City Park Director, and his staff stepped up and helped us move the event to the park in just 12 days; they did a terrific job in meeting our needs, and we are very grateful for that help. However, the Hog Happnin’ will be participating in the Old North State BBQ Competition in 2014, and we will require more space than is available at the Park.”
The entire Hog Happnin’ Board thanks City Park staff and the City of Shelby for their hospitality and assistance for the past two years. Their help ensured that the event continued when it looked as it if would have to be cancelled.
Twenty-three years ago Hog Happnin’ started at the fairgrounds with only 12 teams participating in the barbecue competition. In 2013, there were 75 teams and 106 KCBS certified judges from across the country. In addition, there was a car show, an arts and crafts fair, a corn hole tournament for the public, ongoing entertainment and a Travis Powell concert. Connect, Commit to Change has been an important part of Hog Happnin’ for the past two years, identifying volunteers for local charities.
Plans for an even bigger and better 2014 Hog Happnin’ are already underway. For more information, contact Lloyd Williams at 704-692-4576.

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